Dubliner Lisa Fallon has stepped down from her role as London City Lionesses head coach for family reasons.

Fallon took the reins of the Women's Championship outfit in May after moving on from her coaching role at Chelsea. 

She also served as an opposition analyst at Cork City during their period of success in the League of Ireland in recent years, as well as part of the Northern Ireland set-up and Dublin's 2018 All-Ireland winning Gaelic football team.

Fallon said: "It is with a very heavy heart that today, I step away from my role as head coach of the London City Lionesses due to family reasons.

"Being appointed as head coach at this club was both an honour and a privilege – and was a very proud day for my family. I thank everyone at the club sincerely for their understanding in me prioritising my family's needs at this time.

"With my family based in Dublin, and the team based in London, the logistics of travelling to meet the needs of both – whilst in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic – are no longer viable.

"I am extremely grateful to our chairwoman Diane Culligan and the board for their compassion over the past few weeks.

"I also want to thank all of the players, staff and their families for their incredible work, commitment and application since I commenced the role. It has been a genuine privilege to work with you and I continue to believe in the potential and ambitions of you all – both as individuals, a team and a club.

"I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous work that's being invested both on and off the pitch to build strong foundations at this club. I look forward to seeing the fruits of that work pave the pathway for many current and future London City Lionesses to live their dreams in football."

A club statement read: "Over the course of the last month, the club have fully supported Lisa in trying to find a workable solution. Sadly, this has not proved possible. Whilst obviously disappointed in the eventual outcome, the club fully respect and support Lisa's decision.

"Lisa Fallon has made an outstanding contribution to the London City Lionesses in a very short space of time. Although Lisa will not be able to see her plans through, the club is a better place for Lisa having been part of it.

Current assistant coach Melissa Phillips will take charge of first team duties as caretaker manager – including Sunday’s fixture against the London Bees. Further details on Lisa’s replacement will be made in due course."